"The Things That Affect Our Lives Every Day" is a long term personal project about those individuals in Arizona working to bring about immigration reform.

 

 

The book created from the project has been selected for exhibitions at museums and galleries around the country, including: the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Mass, the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, New York, and the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. The book is currently available for purchase below.

 

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About the Project

In 2010 the young activists joined members of the community to protest Arizona's proposed SB1070 immigration bill, which soon became law. Over time, their protest moved to activism in order to bring about change. Over the past four years they have registered more than 60,000 voters in Maricopa County. They have also impacted municipal decision making by working with city officials to modify plans for a metro light rail route that would have negatively affected local neighborhoods. Through community organization and civic engagement they are empowering the community and giving the citizens a chance to participate in the decision-making process. 

They have also become involved with immigration issues on a national level by traveling to Washington, D.C., where they participated in protests and engaged politicians by telling their stories in dealing with the current immigration system. They are trying to encourage those in power to get behind these issues that affect their daily lives and to change the current system. 

This story of these young activists is one of many stories about those struggling to change the current immigration system in the United States.